14 March 1996

Blonde early fixture bodes well for May

THE Blonde dAquitaine breed societys show and sale at Carlisle last week saw 24 head average £2511.

The May sale of Blonde Aquitaine bulls at this venue is the premier parade, but commercial buyers were impressed with the quality on offer at last Fridays early spring fixture.

"A much better selection of bulls particularly in the senior classes," commented Kelso hill farmer, Stewart Shaw. He jointly paid the top price of 5100gns for a sire for his 180-cow suckler herd.

Neighbouring owner

He partnered neighbouring suckler herd owner John Maughlen to buy Kinaston Linekar from Bridgnorth, Shropshire breeder, Roy Kinnish.

"Hes a good long bull with plenty of hindquarter," added Mr Shaw who says he uses Blonde sires exclusively for their easy calving and modern, clean carcase.

Bred in Mr Kinnishs herd of around 40-cows, Linekar is the first bull calf bred on the farm by the imported sire Genus Hero.

He is out of one of the herds best brood cows by Druk Carter.

"Its the best price weve had in 15 years of breeding Blondes although weve established a good reputation for females over the years," said Mr Kinnish.

He also topped the maiden heifers with Kinaston Lady taken at 2000gns by W J Hicks, Padstow, Cornwall.

Supreme champion

Ouston Farms, Co Durham sold the Ganaway Harry son Ravensworth Lambada for 4500gns to A R Bell, Hawick, Roxburghshire, and J W Frame, Biggar collected the supreme championship under local judge Mrs Joanne Crozier with his Gala Lachlan which sold for 3900gns to T Bean and Son, Consett, Co Durham.

Top female bid was 2100gns from M T Sweetmore, Buxton for the 1990-bred imported cow Favorite, offered by Hayton Blondes, Aspatria, Cumbria with a heifer calf at foot by Whistley Dollar.

Averages: 24 bulls £2511 and 24 females £1180. (Harrison and Hetherington)